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Local Editorials

Vets deserve more than mere words

Americans have come a long way in their attitude toward military veterans from the Vietnam era, when returning servicemen were frequently cursed, spit on and called “baby killers.” Today, we hear “Thank you for your service” from people meeting veterans and soldiers in active duty. ...

Zuckerberg could not win in front of Congress

Many Americans are aware that Congress writes laws for the rest of us but often excludes itself as an institution and themselves as individuals from having to comply. The same goes for what is deemed politically correct. Imagine how a member of Congress, Republican or Democrat, would reply ...

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Aiding our veterans Prairie Lakes Transit, Faribault and Martin counties’ joint transit service, is working to get the word out to veterans with a disability connected to their service. Namely, Prairie Lakes will provide them with free rides, as long as they follow all the applicable rules, ...

U.S. needs to follow up with message to killers

Americans who leave our country to reside in another are outside the protection of our government in most ways. But the sheer horror of what happened in Mexico this week — nine women and children massacred, apparently by drug cartel terrorists — cries out for some meaningful reaction by ...

Human Services woes need oversight, cleanup

The Minnesota Department of Human Services has, over the years, evolved into a big beast. This makes it difficult to handle, as recent news indicates. The Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported Wednesday that the department violated state law more than 200 times over the past year, awarding $52 ...

U.S. takes step toward exiting climate accords

The United States on Monday initiated a process to pull out of the Paris climate accords. President Donald Trump rightly seized the opportunity. About 200 countries signed on to the Paris accords, which were negotiated during 2015. There was enormous pressure from the United States, under ...

Obama offers wisdom on political discourse

It has been said that the art of politics is compromise. Mention that these days and it is entirely likely you will be accused of being a traitor by those on those on the extremes of the political spectrum. Former President Barack Obama had something to say about that the other day. Wisely, ...

Zuckerberg could not win in front of Congress

Many Americans are aware that Congress writes laws for the rest of us but often excludes itself as an institution and themselves as individuals from having to comply. The same goes for what is deemed politically correct. Imagine how a member of Congress, Republican or Democrat, would reply ...

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School is part of study Fairmont Area Schools has gained another bit of interesting distinction, with the University of Minnesota making it the only outstate school involved in a study and project related to science learning. Lucas Simpson, a 2017 graduate of Fairmont High School, is the ...

Report Card results remain discouraging

Those aligned against education reform in the United States need to explain themselves. If they can. Results out this week from the Nation’s Report Card show more dismal results among students on reading and math achievement. Those who support reforms, including federal Education Secretary ...

Parents, drivers: Please remember kids’ safety

No doubt many adults are annoyed by reminders that we need to be on our toes to protect children in our communities. After all, we are adults, are we not? We don’t need to be told to watch out for the kids, do we? Apparently, we do, especially today, on Halloween. Children are twice as ...

Americans must fight against all bigotry

We know no one in our area who reacted to the attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue nearly a year ago with anything other than sorrow and anger. We doubt that you know anyone with a different opinion, either. But a microscopically tiny number of people viewed the assault, in which 11 worshippers ...

Democrats need to address #MeToo

It has been just two years since the #MeToo movement came on the national stage. Its founder and others concerned about sexual assault and harassment worry that the issue has been sidetracked by candidates for president next year. #MeToo founder Tarana Burke is doing something about that. ...

U.S., world will have to solve Kurd problem

At some point, a new crisis involving the Kurds will break out. Count on it, because the future of that people is among the great unsolved dilemmas of world diplomacy. President Trump was criticized earlier this month for pulling a handful of U.S. troops out of northern Syria, where they had ...

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An inspiration to us all Fairmont benefactor Mike Garry, who passed away recently at age 95, always seemed happy, engaging, charming. He liked people. Loved them. He loved life. It wasn’t a chore to him, it was a privilege. His energy and perspective were inspiring. If a person did half ...

Time now for good old American skepticism

Russian trolls who have worked to sow discord among Americans may be getting a good chuckle out of an announcement by Facebook. Officials at the widely used social media company say they will increase efforts to keep Facebook from being used as a propaganda weapon. Facebook will label ...

U.S. can’t afford to lose quantum computing race

We Americans have a habit of bragging about our feats of technology. Our chief economic and military rivals — namely Russia and China — seldom do. They prefer to keep their secrets. No one in this country is certain, then, how far the state-controlled economies of those nations have gone ...

Executive orders need ongoing public scrutiny

Former President Barack Obama’s abuse of executive orders to get his way when Congress refused to go along with him — or when he simply did not want the American people to know what he was doing — was wrong. President Donald Trump’s critics now point to the fact that his use of ...

Lawmakers must weigh solutions on vaping issue

Last week, the Minnesota Department of Health reported two more Minnesotans died in September as a result of vaping-related injuries. This brings the number of vaping related deaths in the state to three. To date, according to the department, Minnesota has 73 patients classified as confirmed ...

Costs of drug crisis show human tragedy

The standard measuring stick for determining the human cost of the drug abuse crisis tends to be the number of lives claimed by it — more than 70,000 annually in the United States. That exceeds the total number of U.S. deaths in the Vietnam War (58,220). But an estimate released a few days ...